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Sharon Tate in The Fearless Vampire Killers, or Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck

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Sharon Tate in The Fearless Vampire Killers, or Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck

Retrofantasma Classic 

When: Fri., April 1, 7 p.m. 2011
Price: $8

A double dose of oddball 1960s international horror from Warner Bros. awaits you in this screening of two of their most rare 35-mm horror prints. First up is The Fearless Vampire Killers, or Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck, Roman Polanski's oddball 1967 vampire comedy. Polanski met his future wife, Sharon Tate, when the producers insisted she be cast in the film, which he directed, co-wrote and co-stars in, although it was re-edited so thoroughly by the studio that he disowned it.

Similar problems arose for the second feature, 1960's Village of the Damned, which was shelved for three years by the original studio, MGM, for being potentially controversial. Easy to see why—there's heaps of mood and violence (and, as the studio noted, a sinister take on immaculate conception) in this adaptation of British sci-fi legend John Wyndham's novel The Midwich Cuckoos. An alien presence knocks out a tiny British village; nine months later, the women give birth to a group of blond-haired children with terrible powers. Parodied on The Simpsons as "The Bloodening," it's one of the best of the "creepy kid" subgenre of horror films. The double feature starts at 7 p.m.; tickets are $8. —Zack Smith

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